Peacock Parachute Spider

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CONTEXT:  Peacock Parachute Spider was sighted beyond its habitat in Eastern ghats

About:  It is the only blue species of the genus Poecilotheria. Like others in its genus it exhibits an intricate fractal-like pattern on the abdomen.

Scientific Name: Poecilotheria Metallica, also known as the Gooty sapphire ornamental tree spider, Gooty sapphire, and Gooty tarantula. Other common names are metallic tarantula, peacock parachute spider, or peacock tarantula 

IUCN Status:  It has been classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.

Habitat: The species' natural habitat is a deciduous forest in Andhra Pradesh, in central-southern India

Threat: It occurs in a single, small area in which habitat is rapidly degrading due to logging and firewood harvesting. Another threat identified by IUCN assessors is specimen collection for the pet trade because they are biological pest controllers. Population size is unknown, but the combination of its small natural range and the habitat threats indicate a declining population trend.



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